Teen surrenders in shooting death of Yonkers honor student

YONKERS, N.Y. — Jamir Thompson, 15, surrendered himself and faces a murder charge in the shooting death of Lincoln High School honor student Marilyn Montanez, Mayor Mike Spano announced Tuesday morning.

Thompson was wanted in the shooting death of Marilyn Montanez, 18, a Lincoln High School honor student and innocent bystander.

The teen turned himself in early Tuesday morning to police officers at the Yonkers Police 3rd Precinct on Riverdale Avenue, police said.

Shortly before 1 a.m., the 15-year-old, who arrived with his mother and an attorney, presented himself to officers who placed him into custody without incident, according to police.

He was then taken to the Yonkers Police Youth Services Division on North Broadway where he was processed, then transferred to Westchester County Court in White Plains to be arraigned.

Police responded to a report of a shooting at the intersection of Lake Avenue and Morningside Avenue around 6:38 p.m. on Thursday, April 25.

They arrived to find Marilyn Cotto Montanez, 18, a resident of Yonkers, down on the sidewalk with an apparent gunshot wound to the head, police said.

EMS transported her to the hospital where she succumbed to her injuries, according to police.

Surveillance video secured by PIX11 shows a black Sedan drive up to the traffic light at the intersection. Two men then jump out of the car and run, with guns drawn, toward Lake Avenue Pharmacy, and they appear to fire shots near a crowded sidewalk.

Montanez  was an 11th grader at Lincoln High School, the Principal's secretary told PIX11.

According to a preliminary investigation, several individuals, who knew each other, were involved in a dispute prior to the shooting, police said.

One group began chasing after the other, when one person pulled out a gun and fired at least one shot in the direction of the other group, police said.

That gunshot struck Montanez, who was an innocent bystander, Yonkers police said.

“Today’s surrender of Jamir Thompson is the direct result of the hard work and dedication of the Yonkers Police Department,” stated Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano.

“Their tireless efforts in tracking this individual gave him no other choice than to turn himself in for his heinous crime against a young woman with a bright future. Great job by our Yonkers’ finest. I look forward to seeing justice served for the sake of the family and friends of Marilyn and our Yonkers community.”

Police Commissioner Charles Gardner stated, “Jamir Thompson has been taken into custody and will now have to answer for his despicable actions. I applaud the dedication of our Police Officers and Detectives and their on-going, relentless pursuit of justice for the family of Marilyn Cotto Montanez.”

Thompson was booked on a single charge of second degree murder, a Class A-I Violent Felony in the New York State Penal Law.

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